I find myself telling so many people about Etsy.com — I am surprised that there are still so many who have never been to the marketplace! I assume most of my blog readers do know about Etsy, but if you don’t or you haven’t shopped there in a while, this is a good time for a visit!
Etsy.com is the best hand-made marketplace online. If you love to buy handmade, you create handmade goods, or you just like a lot of great inspiration, get over there! Etsy is affordable, do-able, and so much fun to browse around. You can find handmade goods, supplies, and even vintage items. If you can imagine it, you can find it on Etsy! Just go sign up – it’s free to register. Then browse for hours!
Most sellers add ‘tags’ to their items so when you search for things you like (even by color!) you will get great returns to your search. Now is the time to help the artists — you will be buying holiday gifts anyway . . . why not make it a handmade holiday this year and find extra-special, one-of-a-kind items for gift giving. Your recipients will be thrilled and you will be helping independent artists have a nicer holiday for their families, too. There are a lot of us out here who are trying hard to make our living solely on the things we can create and sell. When the economy is down, our sales are way down. Christmas could be looking pretty bleak for many of us.
If you are a seller looking for an affordable place to set up a shop online, look no further! Etsy shops are easy to set up and easy on the bottom line, too. Be sure to use your social networking skills to promote your listings and your shop – Twitter and Facebook are great ways to promote your Etsy items.
Here are a few of my favorite Etsy sellers. These gals are excellent at what they do, and fit into my buying niches of rug hooking, great jewelry, and wonderful creations! Be sure to ‘Heart’ the shops you like at Etsy – it makes it easy to find the seller again and helps others see who likes what.
Folk ‘n’ Fiber (shameless self-promotion – grin, wink)
this is one of TruLuxe’s items, which I absolutely adore! Oh, I could go on and on naming shops, but you will find lots of your own, I promise!